Investment Opportunities in Israel

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Protection of Foreign Investment

Bilateral Investment Conventions Signed By Israel
Israel has signed bilateral agreements with 37 countries.
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Organizations Offering Their Assistance in Case of Disagreement
ICSID , International Center for settlement of Investment Disputes
Member of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
Israel is a signatory of the MIGA Convention.

Country Comparison For the Protection of Investors

  Israel Middle East & North Africa United States Germany
Index of Transaction Transparency* 7.0 6.3 7.0 5.0
Index of Manager’s Responsibility** 9.0 4.6 9.0 5.0
Index of Shareholders’ Power*** 9.0 3.4 9.0 5.0
Index of Investor Protection**** 8.3 4.8 8.3 5.0

Source: Doing Business

Note: *The Greater the Index, the More Transparent the Conditions of Transactions. **The Greater the Index, the More the Manager is Personally Responsible. *** The Greater the Index, the Easier it Will Be For Shareholders to Take Legal Action. **** The Greater the Index, the Higher the Level of Investor Protection.

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Procedures Relative to Foreign Investment

Freedom of Establishment
There are no restrictions on foreign investments except in the industry sectors of defence and telecommunications.
Acquisition of Holdings
Any settlement concerning mergers and acquisitions or takeovers which differ from these that Israelis should follow .
Obligation to Declare
Investment in Israel in neither subjected to authorisation nor registration except if the company wants to gain from certain advantages.
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Office Real Estate and Land Ownership

The Possibility of Buying Land and Industrial and Commercial Buildings
Purchase of buildings and land is free.
Risk of Expropriation
There are very little risk of expropriation. In case of expropriation, the company will benefit from complete and non-arbitrary compensations.

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Investment Aid

Forms of Aid
Assistance is going to depend on the location of the investment and the nature of the project, amount of investment and the degree of foreign participation. This will be for financial assistance, financial incentives, grants, depreciation on diminishing values or loan guarantees.
Privileged Domains
Research and development, industry, tourism, employment generation, jobs for emigrants and training.
Privileged Geographical Zones
The first zone constitutes the North of country (the most favored), Galilee, Golan, Jerusalem (for high technology industries),Beer Sheva, south of Neguev and Eilat. The second consists of Jerusalem (for all other industries), St Jean d'Acre, Kyriat Malachi, Kyriat Gat and Yokneam. The last covers the coastal plain and the center of the country.
Free Zones
Eilat in the country's south.
Organizations Which Finance
Israel Investment Center (IIC)


Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) of the Ministry of Industry and Trade

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Investment Opportunities

The Key Sectors of the National Economy
Value added sectors: high-tech, aeronautics, electronics, telecommunications, information technology, biotechnologies, etc.
Security;: biometry, surveillance and protection.
High Potential Sectors

Chemical industry, agro-technologies, semi-conductor industry, communication, environment, biotechnologies, security;.

Privatization Programs
Privatization program for ports and banks.
Tenders, Projects and Public Procurement
Israeli Government, Tenders
Tenders Info, Tenders in Israel
DgMarket, Tenders Worldwide

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Sectors Where Investment Opportunities Are Fewer

Monopolistic Sectors
Sectors in Decline

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